|FACTS ABOUT MELANIE|
|Started in Wärtsilä:||In 2005 as an Order Coordinator|
|Position now:||Manager, Parts Order Coordination|
|Country of Residence:||Switzerland|
|Education:||Commercial apprenticeship at Wirtschaftsschule KV Winterthur and Junior Marketing Manager with Swiss Federal Certificate, (EQF-Niveau 4)|
What do you do on a typical day?
“As a team manager coaching is naturally a part of my working day. Some team member could face a tough question, in which case I will advise them and help find the answer. A lot of my time is consumed by different meetings and sharing information. We have regular team meetings, and then I attend the Global Part Order Coordination Management Team meetings. Then there are a number of cooperative meetings with our stakeholders and internal customers. Also, as I have quite a big team, recruitment is a big part of what I do.”
What did it feel like becoming a manager?
“I took a big step in my career at Wärtsilä in 2011 when I became the manager of a team where I used to work myself. It was hard at first, as had to accept that I couldn’t anymore be that close friends with everyone or as involved in everything as before. Now I’m putting a lot of effort into further developing myself and my team. In my current role I feel my most important task is to support the team members and listen to them and their needs. Often it’s about communication. Exchanging information between different departments within Wärtsilä is also crucial."
What do you enjoy the most at Wärtsilä?
“I like the fact that my superior is always challenging me with new tasks and ideas. In leading a team I have developed my social competences. I will need those while working with, teaching and managing people. Going forward, I know Wärtsilä supports me and I’m able to attend trainings for my needs and interests. If there’s one thing I’ve learned at Wärtsilä, it’s that you can never give up in difficult times. I’ve never been a job hopper. Personally, I feel it’s important to gain the necessary experience through your own work. That is why I want to develop myself within the company and in that way slowly earn my team’s, my colleagues’ and my superior’s trust. It’s also gratifying to really learn about the details of the business and the economic context.“
How do you see your future?
“Generally, I think Wärtsilä offers very good career possibilities for range of interests. I enjoy the team spirit and value the trust I get from the company. There is a lot of flexibility and you are allowed to work very independently.”
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